Hi Guys would like to know what are essential set of skills I need to have when I apply for an investment banking role. For eg. Bloomberg etc.? - Seedly
 

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Hi Guys would like to know what are essential set of skills I need to have when I apply for an investment banking role. For eg. Bloomberg etc.?

How do i market myself to the recruiters such that I stand out/become appealing to them? what would be some essential skills that I should have and some skillst that would make me stand out?

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Junus Eu
Junus Eu
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Answered 5d ago

Coming from the perspective of someone who has worked in family offices/investent roles:

  1. Being able to analyze data quickly.

  2. Being able to present that data and conclusions in a concise, straight forward way

  3. Attention to detail - this comes both for spreadsheet work and building decks. I was once in a company where someone was berated because one of the bullet points was in black, while the rest of the text was in a very, very, very dark gray.

  4. Ability to build models in excel - at least be proficient with shortcuts, macros. And ideally you don't use a mouse when doing your excel work

  5. Ability to meet tight deadlines, which often means being able to work like s*** and long hours for a long period of time ​​​

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Gabriel Tham
Gabriel Tham

3d ago

This is so helpful 👍

Hello! It's wonderful to know that you already have a job that you're very interested in. That's fantastic!

I don't have the right knowledge to help with your questions (though I'm quite sure that knowing how to operate a Bloomberg terminal is a big-plus for investment banks). But I have come across some really good articles that give some useful perspectives on the investment banking job: Here and here.

Best of luck in your job hunt!

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Gabriel Tham
Gabriel Tham

3d ago

This is so helpful 👍
Stanley Lim
Stanley Lim, Co-founder at Value Invest Asia
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 3w ago

I was an engineer before, and I feel joining the CFA community really benefited me in term of job hunting.

Apart from having the right skills, having a good network is very important in finding your dream job.

good luck

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Soft skills are rather inbuilt in you, your confidence, how you carry yourself, your ability to sell a pen. Hard skills are equally important as well, so here's some sites that you can consider picking up Investment Banking skills!

https://www.wallstreetmojo.com/free-investment-banking-courses/

It'd also be helpful to be CFA-certified, shows that your fundamentals in finance is strong

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Yee Woon
Yee Woon
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Answered 4d ago

Fast thinking and confidence in your skill set.

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Bjorn Ng
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Answered 5d ago

Hey there, it's easy to say, but I think apart from the hard skills, it's definitely the soft skills, like communication. And also one thing I realize, is just be honest during the interview. I've went through so many interviews as a fresh grad, memorize certain questions (like strength/weakness), and I can pretty much tell that all recruiters can see through it.

All the best!

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Choon Yuan Chan
Choon Yuan Chan
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Answered 5d ago

One key criteria is being able to talk well to sell yourself.

This involves the need to be able to plan for questions, be eloquent and fast thinking. Being fast thinking is a requirement in the daily ops job as investment banking

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Kenneth Lou
Kenneth Lou, Co-founder at Seedly
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 3w ago

Passion for Finance and deal-making, deal-structuring!

  • Mergers

  • Acquisition

  • Fund raising

Overall, alot of presentations are also needed, hence you can consider really brushing up on both Excel and powerpoint to present information in an easy to digest format.

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Answered 3w ago

Essential skills for guys is to be able to drink and smoke. For girls is to be able to dress nicely.

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